Just a few days after announcing his entry into the race, Jim Kenney is unveiling his campaign staff.
The former Councilman and Philly mayoral candidate drew veterans of the Wolf, de Blasio and Obama campaigns. It’s also worth pointing out that Kenney’s campaign manager, finance director, deputy finance director and communications director all worked on Ken Trujillo’s brief run.
Meet the staffers who are working to elect Jim Kenney the next Mayor of Philadelphia.
Jane Slusser, Campaign Manager, previously worked as Campaign Manager for Ken Trujillo, Organizing Director at Equality Pennsylvania and led Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Workplace Opportunity statewide campaign in Pennsylvania. In 2008 and 2012, Jane worked on President Obama’s election and re-election campaigns in South Philadelphia and Northeastern PA. A graduate of Barnard College, Jane helped launch social enterprise start-up, Catchafire, where she was Vice President & Chief Service Officer.
Deborah Mahler, Senior Advisor, served as Jim Kenney’s Chief of Staff on Philadelphia City Council during his twenty-three year tenure. A native Philadelphian and former teacher, Debbie has served on numerous state and municipal campaigns and currently serves as a Democratic committee person in the 21st Ward.
Anna Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research was named pollster of the year by the American Association of Political Consultants in 2014. Anna Greenberg, Ph.D. joined GQRR in 2001, after teaching public opinion and survey research methodology at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was the pollster in many successful campaigns including for Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Senator Wendy Davis, and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Snyder Pickerill Media Group is a national campaign strategy and media firm with a proven track record of electing over a dozen Democrats in Philadelphia. Ken Snyder and Terrie Pickerill’s successful clients in Philadelphia include city councilmen, state legislators, congressmen, Mayor Street and Governor Rendell. This year, Snyder Pickerill provided the media and strategy for Brendan Boyle’s come from behind Primary victory for Congress and Senator Mike Stack’s Primary victory for Lt. Governor.
Martin “Marty” O’Rourke is a long-time Philadelphia-based media and communications consultant. He is a former VISTA volunteer and one-time congressional aide who started working in Philadelphia during Ed Rendell’s primary election for mayor in 1987. In addition to working for a number of Philadelphia elected officials, O’Rourke has been working with Jim Kenney since the mid-1990’s.
Lauren Hitt, Communications Director, most recently served as the communications director for Ken Trujillo. Previously, Hitt worked as the press secretary on FitzGerald for Ohio Governor and as a deputy communications director on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election campaign in New York City. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Hitt also worked in Communications for President Obama’s reelection campaign in Pennsylvania.
Steve Preston, Field Director, started organizing in 2012 with the Obama campaign. After the election, Steve worked with Organizing for Action managing Western PA, and then as the PA Deputy State Coordinator, before working as Field Director on Clay Pell’s gubernatorial campaign, and then with NextGen Climate in New Hampshire on Jeanne Shaheen’s successful re-election campaign.
Vaughn Ross, Finance Director, previously worked as the Finance Director for Ken Trujillo. A Lehigh University graduate, Ross also worked on the finance team of Sen. Bob Casey for his 2012 re-election campaign and in Mayor Nutter’s police office working on grant writing and research.
Lindsey Perry, Finance Consultant, has provided fundraising services for gubernatorial, mayoral, city council, judicial and state representative campaigns as well as for non-profits since 2009. Previously, she served as the Deputy Finance Director for Onorato for Governor in 2010, Deputy Counsel/Deputy Finance Director for Mayor Nutter’s Re-Election in 2011, and most recently Statewide Finance Director for Mike Stack for Lieutenant Governor.
Maura Munley, Deputy Finance Director, previously worked in Finance on Tom Wolf for Governor and for Ken Trujillo. Born and raised in Scranton, Munley received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Loyola University Maryland.
Richie Lazer, Deputy Political Director, served for ten years in Jim Kenney’s Council Office as a Community Liaison. As part of his duties, Lazer interacted with various city departments, state, and federal agencies, and also represented Kenney on numerous boards and organizations, including Philadelphia Mural Arts, Interstate Land Management Corporation, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, Victim Witness Services of South Philadelphia, and Friends of the Free Library. A graduate of LaSalle University, Lazer also worked on three re-election campaigns for Councilman Jim Kenney as well as on other state and municipal campaigns.